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Trump 'insensitive' in call to fallen soldier widow: Congresswoman

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 01:44

Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson called President Trump 'insensitive' on Tuesday, after she claimed he told the widow of one of the four fallen soldiers in Niger that 'he knew what he was getting into'. Colette Luke has more.

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(SOUNDBITE) REP. FREDERICA WILSON SAYING: "I was in the car when president Trump called. Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson says she was appalled when she heard President Trump's call to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson on Tuesday. He was one of four Green Berets killed in Niger earlier this month. Congresswoman Wilson was traveling with his widow as she went to collect his body at the airport. (SOUNDBITE) REP. FREDERICA WILSON SAYING: "He never said the word 'hero' he said to the wife 'well, I guess he knew what he was getting into'. How insensitive can you be?" Trump denies the accusation, tweeting Wednesday morning: "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!" The president has been under fire since Monday, when he accused former President Obama of not calling the families of fallen soldiers.. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING: "President Obama and other presidents most of them didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls" And then, during a radio interview, Trump brought up Chief of Staff John Kelly, who's son died in Afghanistan in 2010. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING: "I mean you can ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? You could ask other people. I don't know what Obama's policy was" In May 2011, President Obama hosted a breakfast for Gold Star families, which Kelly and his wife attended… For Myeshia Johnson the future is uncertain. She collected her late husband's body at Miami International Airport. She has two children and is pregnant with a third.

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Trump 'insensitive' in call to fallen soldier widow: Congresswoman

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 01:44